Topic: northwest territories

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How will wind power change Inuvik? N.W.T. energy director gives the details

The landscape of Inuvik could change soon with the construction of wind turbines just outside of town.

Walking off the weight: Yellowknifer walks 20 km a day to drop pounds

Roger Fraser started by walking about 2,000 steps a day; now he's walking between 15 and 20 kilometres a day.

For this Manitoba anti-bullying magician, the real trick is helping kids connect

A Manitoba magician who found solace in sleight of hand when he was bullied as a kid is using the same tools to help fight bullying in northern communities.

'You are not alone': Women in Inuvik start cancer support group

'Something like this would have been so beneficial for me while I was going through my cancer treatments,' said Agnes Pascal-Stewart.

Outpouring of grief at Denecho King sentencing hearing

The Crown asked for 17 years before King is eligible for parole at Friday's hearing, while the defence has asked for the minimum 10.

UNW, N.W.T. gov't receive mediator's report, say they're open to more talks

The Union of Northern Workers says it has received a report from a mediator appointed to oversee contract negotiations with the N.W.T. government, and will attempt to schedule further talks.

Territorial officials offer mixed reactions to report on cost of substance use in Canada

The report found Nunavut spent around $96 million on substance-abuse related costs, while the Northwest Territories spent about $102 million and Yukon spent $71 million.

16-year-old soccer player earns Aboriginal Sport Circle's athlete of the year

Greg Villeneuve Jr. has two career goals: play professional soccer with Toronto FC and earn a degree from the University of Alberta to become a cardiologist.

Alberta man finishes record 10-year hike in Tuktoyaktuk

'I've walked for 10 years and I hiked the Trans Canada trail,' Dana Meise told CBC at a stop along the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway.

Boom times ahead for Yukon and Nunavut, but not N.W.T., report says

The Conference Board of Canada's latest economic forecast, released Thursday, says Yukon and Nunavut will outpace much of the country in terms of growth between now and 2025.

Man arrested after allegedly flying drugs to Fort Good Hope in Timbit box

RCMP have arrested a man for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into Fort Good Hope, N.W.T. in a Tim Hortons Timbit box, police announced Thursday in a news release.

Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway turns 1 year old

After one year, the highway is already having big effects on the Beaufort Delta region.

Ndilo woman sentenced to 3 years for drug trafficking despite plea for leniency

At the conclusion of her 20-minute address to the judge, Mary Anne Lafferty pleaded 'not to take me away from my grandchildren.'

'Protect, renew and expand': Federal, N.W.T. gov'ts inject $140M into territorial housing

'[The money will] support the Northwest Territories’ priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability,' states a release.

Reps coming to Yellowknife to get feedback on residential school settlement process

Representatives from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will be in Yellowknife Thursday to gather feedback on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement process.

Property owner under fire for not cleaning up burned down heritage building

Ray Decorby said he would not comment on what the next step is for cleaning up the burned down house in the city’s downtown.

Substance use costs $1,000 to $2,600 per person in Canada each year, study says

Canada's territories are spending the most per capita on costs related to substance use, according to a report released Thursday.

$24.6M announced for upgrades to N.W.T.'s Snare hydroelectric facility

The territorial and federal governments have committed $24.6 million in funding to upgrades to the Snare Forks hydroelectric facility.

Tourists shouldn't wait for solar maximum to see northern lights, says Astronomy North president

Regardless of how much magnetic energy is being produced by the sun during solar maximum, northern communities will always get a solid display, says James Pugsley.

N.W.T. one step closer to Mackenzie Valley Highway as Canyon Creek road opens

A new all-season road in the N.W.T.'s Sahtu region seen as a benchmark in the eventual development of a Mackenzie Valley Highway is officially open, as federal and territorial officials cut the ribbon on a 14.5 km road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek.

Inuvik receives $40M for wind turbine project

The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help protect the environment.

Why these child and family services workers aren't deterred by a scathing auditor general's report

Last month's auditor general's report into the Northwest Territories Child and Family Services division found administrative changes overwhelmed workers. Meet two who are staying on the job.

Proposed underwater link could mean cheaper energy for the Northwest Territories

A proposed link connecting two hydro systems raises the possibility of a more reliable, sustainable and potentially cost-effective energy system in the Northwest Territories.

Indigenous women coerced into sterilizations across Canada: senator

New research shows the forced sterilization of Indigenous women is not just a shameful part of Canadian history. Reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the territories suggest it is still happening.

Dene Nation 'not happy' with distribution of $600M in funding for on-reserve housing

The Dene Nation is looking to the federal government for clarity about $600 million in funding announced for on-reserve housing, because the majority of Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories don't live on reserves.

Meet Tuk — the dog who hates music

Tuk didn't always hate music, but over the years he has developed a severe, and intensely audible, reaction to any tune.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Nov. 5

Winter has landed in much of the North, but it's not stopping you — or the local wildlife — from getting out and exploring in your best photos of the week.
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N.W.T. RCMP inspector on why a sexual assault victim spent the night in a cell

Questions still linger from a 2017 sexual assault that left the victim spending the night in a Yellowknife jail cell.

Yellowknife cadets celebrate 50 years of 'pride and joy'

This weekend, Remembrance Day is bound to mean a bit more to members of the Yellowknife army cadets.

These driving dogs will make you go 'aww'

Meet the northern pups that love to feel the wind in their ears.

Jacques van 'Pelican' Pelt remembered as community-driven man who loved children and the river

He was a teacher, an outdoor outfitter, and environmentalist and a man who loved the North.

K'atl'odeeche First Nation's new chief talks about what's next for the reserve

The new chief of K’atl’odeeche First Nation says people want to be heard, and she’s here to listen.

Netflix hires northern photographer for special behind-the-scenes project

Angela Gzowski, well-known Northern photographer, was one of three Canadians hired by Netflix Canada's Grammasters North program to take photos on set.

Crown seeks 3½-year sentence for Ndilo woman convicted of drug trafficking

58-year-old Mary Anne Lafferty will have to wait a week to find out what her fate will be after being convicted for drug trafficking.

Ontario couple to take 3-year walk across Canada, from coast to coast to coast

As city planners will tell you, any good place to live is a good place to walk, with lots to see and do within walking distance. For Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton, from Simcoe, Ont., all of Canada from coast to coast to coast, is walking distance.

Feds move to scrap N.W.T.'s planned land and water superboard, keep 4 regional boards

The Canadian government wants to keep the Northwest Territories' four regional land and water boards as they are.

Dene national chief takes on 4 portfolios for Assembly of First Nations

Norman Yakeleya holds four portfolios for the Assembly of First Nations: veterans affairs, the elders council, renewing the AFN’s charter, and residential schools.

Could Whati be the N.W.T.'s next tourist destination? Community leaders think so

Whati’s council and senior administrative officer travelled to Yellowknife this week to attend NWT Tourism’s annual general meeting. They want to be ready for tourists when the all-season road opens.

Kevin Mantla sentenced to life in prison for murder of Elvis Lafferty

A 39-year-old Gameti, N.W.T., man has been sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder and attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend and her partner in Yellowknife three years ago.

RCMP investigating sudden death in Fort Providence

RCMP in Fort Providence are investigating the sudden death of a 57-year-old male, found approximately 500 metres out of the community Wednesday.

Deceased man found near Inuvik identified as Richard Binder Jr.

Inuvik RCMP announced Thursday that a deceased man found near Big Lake, just outside of Inuvik, is Richard Binder Jr. Last week, police issued a request for help in locating Binder Jr., who was wanted on an arrest warrant.

Some Inuvialuit living outside settlement region feel like '2nd-class citizens'

Pauline Gordon says since she lives in Fort Smith, N.W.T., she can’t vote or access programs and services offered by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.

N.W.T. communities lobby to host promised new polytechnic university

City of Yellowknife says the territorial capital is the prime location for a new polytechnic university.

'High risk' offender from Behchoko is getting out of jail

Marty Bouvier will be let out of jail as part of his statutory release. It’s a process where federal offenders are released from prison after serving two-thirds of a sentence and serve the remainder of their sentence in their community.

3-year mandatory minimum 'abhorrent and intolerable,' rules Nunavut judge

Justice Earl Johnson sentenced Sigurdson Irkootee to six months for illegally selling a firearm in June 2016, instead of the the three-year sentence set out in the mandatory minimum.

April Martel elected chief of K'atl'odeeche First Nation

Seven people were vying for the role, after former chief Roy Fabian announced he wasn't running again.

Woman 'appalled' by empty federal housing in Hay River

While people in Hay River, N.W.T., struggle to find housing, 11 government-owned homes in the community are sitting empty. One of them has been empty for 11 years.

Children of Survivors | Lloyd Thrasher and the complex legacy of residential schools

Yellowknifers might have a hard time sympathizing with Lloyd Thrasher, but his story is among those that show the complex long-term effects of colonization.
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Tour Territory: Inside the N.W.T.'s 'Wild West' aurora industry

A tourist was struck by a new operator’s tour vehicle during peak aurora season this fall. According to local operators, this accident portrays one of many concerns in the N.W.T.’s aurora industry that’s going through ‘growing pains.’

'Dream come true': Yellowknife's French school finally opens new gymnasium

After over a decade of lobbying, fundraising, and fighting in court, Yellowknife's only francophone school finally has its own gymnasium.

Frank Elanik Jr. sentenced to 6 years in prison for manslaughter

Frank Elanik Jr. has been sentenced to six years for killing his partner May Elanik in Aklavik in 2015.

Darrell Betsaka is the new chief in Nahanni Butte

Betsaka won the election with 31 votes, his opponent Clayton Konisenta received 30.

Man pleads guilty to diamond theft from Diavik Diamond mines

Former diamond worker Samson Mkhitaryan pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000 in Northwest Territories Supreme Court on Monday.

Removing biggest fish from N.W.T. lakes may reduce toxic mercury risk, researchers say

Researchers aim to limit the amount of mercury in the ecosystem in the Northwest Territories by removing contaminated fish that from lakes, leaving young, healthy fish to grow mercury-free.
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Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Albert Canadien

In Episode 7 of Musicians of the Midnight Sun, Pat Braden speaks with Albert Canadien, a member of The Chieftones, Canada’s 'all-Indian' rock band.

Upgrades, tenants coming to vacant homes in K'atl'odeeche First Nation

Sixteen houses in the K’atl’odeeche First Nation in the Northwest Territories are going to get an upgrade and tenants after sitting unoccupied for years.

Double-murder trial remains on track as Calgary judge elevated to Alberta's top court

A Calgary judge who was elevated to Alberta's Court of Appeal on Monday will still preside over a high-profile, double-murder trial as her final case in the province's superior court.

RCMP investigating sudden death in Inuvik

RCMP say they received a call around 9 p.m. Saturday that a 'deceased person had been located in an area near Big Lake, just outside of Inuvik.'

As Indigenous patients tell 'horror stories,' minister says changes coming to N.W.T. health care

The government of the Northwest Territories says it’s committed to making the health and social services system free from prejudice, but some Indigenous people say they’re still facing challenges.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 29

October is in the rearview mirror, but it left with a bang: providing incredible landscapes and sights for your best photos of the week from across the North.
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Northern Haze returns with new album 'Siqinnaarut,' their 1st in 33 years

Nunavut's Inuktitut-speaking band from Igloolik is releasing a new album later this month, 33 years after they broke ground with the first Indigenous-language rock album recorded in North America.
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'Everything is connected': Sheila Watt-Cloutier talks climate change

Sheila Watt-Cloutier sat down with CBC’s Lawrence Nayally to explore the theme of a keynote speech she gave while she was in Yellowknife last week, that everything is connected.

Boil-water advisory lifted for Deline

After having to boil tap water for the past 9 days, people in Deline, N.W.T., can now go back to using their drinking water as normal.

Mission accomplished? N.W.T. premier says 'red alert' on Northern economy got results

In an op-ed in the Hill Times earlier this week, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod says his "red alert" statement released last year was a success.

Dene left in the dark about Ottawa's new Arctic region, chief says

Before it made the decision about the new region, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it held open discussions with the Inuvialuit and Inuit. But no one consulted with Dene communities on Treaty 11 territory.

N.W.T. MLAs unanimously pass act to establish ombudsman in the territory

MLAs unanimously pass the Ombud Act and it received royal assent from N.W.T. Commissioner Margaret Thom Thursday, the final day of the fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly.

NDP raises spectre of Manitoba Hydro's privatization with new CEO

The upcoming CEO of Manitoba Hydro knows a thing or two about gradually privatizing a publicly-owned energy utility, the opposition NDP warns.

Following Yukon, N.W.T. commits to funding 'abortion pill'

Health Minister Glen Abernethy committed to funding Mifegymiso, commonly called the 'abortion pill,' in response to MLA's questions in the legislature Thursday.

Record number of tourists spent $200M in N.W.T. last fiscal year

More than 110,000 visitors travelled to the Northwest Territories in the 2017/18 fiscal year — a new record, according to the territorial government.

N.W.T. Health and Infrastructure ministers vindicated, plan to stay the course

After surviving non-confidence votes Wednesday, Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann and Health Minister Glen Abernethy told reporters they plan on continuing without changing the way they lead their respective ministries.

3-month treatment for latent tuberculosis on its way to the N.W.T.

A drug that can cut the amount of time it takes to treat latent tuberculosis down to just three months will soon be available in the Northwest Territories.

Man charged with Thanksgiving firearms theft in Yellowknife taken into custody in Alberta

A man charged with stealing weapons and ammunition nearly three weeks ago in Yellowknife has been arrested and taken into custody, RCMP said.

Former Town of Hay River employee says he was fired because of his age

William Harvey Harris filed an age discrimination complaint with the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission. The town claimed Harris was 'repeatedly caught sleeping at his desk.'

Few choose to opt out of Sixties Scoop settlement as deadline passes

Despite many concerns being voiced over a Sixties Scoop settlement deal reached through a class action suit, only 2 people had opted out by the day of the deadline.

'My brother was everything to me': Victim's family shares pain at Kevin Mantla sentencing

A Crown prosecutor is calling for the man who murdered Elvis Lafferty and attempted to murder Lafferty's girlfriend to spend at least 20 years in jail before being eligible for parole.

Tlicho, federal, N.W.T. gov'ts agree to conditions for all-season road to Whati

An all-season road to the fly-in community of Whati, N.W.T. is one step closer to getting built, after the Tlicho, federal and territorial governments agreed to nearly two dozen measures to reduce negative effects it could have on the community, wildlife and the environment.

New York author talks solo treks around the globe

J.R. Harris is the author of Way Out There, a travel memoir. He's in the Rocky Mountains this weekend for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, where he’s set to give a talk Friday evening.

N.W.T. gov't accused of prioritizing private business over communities during MTS cargo update

During a Wednesday update on cargo being shipped to three communities affected by a government barge cancellation, N.W.T. government officials faced accusations that the shipping issues were partially caused by prioritizing private contracts.

N.W.T.'s Health, Infrastructure ministers survive non-confidence votes

Two N.W.T. cabinet ministers have survived votes to remove them from cabinet, after an emotional and often heated debate of two non-confidence motions in the territory's Legislative Assembly Wednesday afternoon.

Hand, foot and mouth disease cancels Halloween events in Ulukhaktok

Some tricks and treats are spoiled this year in Ulukhaktok in the wake off an ill-timed outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease.

N.W.T.'s Edehzhie to receive funding from Swiss-born billionaire

An American foundation has pledged $1 billion to help countries around the world, including Canada, conserve 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface by 2030.

After a series of privacy breaches, City of Yellowknife ignored commissioner's offer of help

In her annual report, N.W.T. Privacy Commissioner Elaine Keenan Bengts says the city of Yellowknife ignored her offers of help after a series of privacy breaches, showing a lack of interest in strengthening access to information and privacy policies.

Illegal tour operators in N.W.T. under control, says tourism minister

Wally Schumann, the Northwest Territories' minister of industry, tourism and investment, faced questions on Tuesday following two CBC News stories on rule-breaking in the N.W.T.'s $200-million tourism industry.

Aurora College needs a new board, not another bureaucrat: Fort Smith councillor

Fort Smith town councillor Kevin Smith says he’s cautiously optimistic about the government’s commitment to create a polytechnic university in the N.W.T., but 'very skeptical' about the decision to hire a new senior bureaucrat to get the job done.

Zero support from MLAs for motion to introduce party politics in N.W.T.

An amendment to the N.W.T.'s Elections and Plebiscites Act that would allow territorial leaders to register with political parties was defeated in the legislature Monday, with only Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart, who proposed the amendment, voting in favour.

Inuvik homeless shelter aims to open in November after bedbug closure

After first shutting down due to bed bugs in April, Inuvik's homeless shelter could reopen in November.

Soil near Kalemi Dene School in N'dilo is safe, according to soil assessment

New soil samples taken close to the Kalemi Dene School in N'dilo show arsenic levels in the area are well below the acceptable limit, according to a recent study.
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Raised in foster care, N.W.T. woman plans to return home a social worker

After growing up in foster care, a Yellowknife woman is using the experience as motivation to become a social worker in the system she grew up in.
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Tour Territory: Little to no consequences for illegal tour operators caught in N.W.T.

Internal emails obtained by CBC News suggest N.W.T.'s tourism department staff are inclined to persuade illegal operators to apply for a licence, instead of enforcing penalties because it's 'costly and complicated.'
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Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Tony Buggins

In Episode 6 of Musicians of the Midnight Sun, Pat Braden speaks with Tony Buggins, an early rock 'n' roll guitarist from Deninu Kue (Fort Resolution), known for his work with the Native Cousins.

Inuvik RCMP ask for help in locating man wanted on arrest warrant

Inuvik RCMP have asked for the public's help in locating a man wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.

N.W.T. MLAs to move on stripping health, infrastructure ministers of their portfolios

Two cabinet ministers in the Northwest Territories are fighting to keep their portfolios after regular MLAs stated their intentions to bring forward motions Wednesday to remove them from cabinet.

Man dead, woman charged after early-morning incident in Fort Liard

A man is dead and a female suspect has been charged with second-degree murder after police were called to a home in Fort Liard early Sunday morning.

Second person enters guilty plea in connection to Hay River man's death

The Crown has struck a plea deal with a second person in connection to the death of a man in Hay River, CBC News has learned.

Union, gov't blame each other as strike looms

The Union of Northern Workers bargaining team announced over the weekend that it’s starting to train Northwest Territories government workers to strike after a failed attempt at mediation.

'It's a people issue': Million pounds of cargo from cancelled barge going to communities

People in Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay and Paulatuk are starting to see the much needed cargo they’ve been waiting for.
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Tour Territory: Complaints about illegal tour operators, rule breaking rampant in N.W.T.

Licensed tour operators are crying foul over increasing illegal activities in the N.W.T.'s tour industry. Meanwhile, the territorial government says it has fined one operator since 2013 and that it's not an issue.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 22

There's no shortage of gorgeous landscapes, but foxes and a pair of mischievous ravens highlight this week's selection of your best photos of the week from across the North.

Yellowknife's United Church minister steps down after 13 years

This Sunday, Peter Chynoweth is taking to the pulpit for the last time.

Handbell choir set to return to Hay River stage after 5 years

A musical group that is reviving handbells in Hay River, N.W.T., this holiday season, is also bringing elders and young people together.